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Osteopathy emphasizes the interrelationship between 

structure and function of the human body. 

It follows a belief in the body’s ability to self-heal 

and self-regulate. 

Osteopathic practitioners don’t see themselves as healers, 

but instead as facilitators to health.


Osteopathic techniques include:


Addresses the vitality and mobility of the dural membranes 

and cerebrospinal fluid which nourish and protect the brain 

and spinal cord and influence nutrient exchange at a 

cellular level throughout the entire body.


2) MYOFASCIAL and CONNECTIVE tissue therapy – 

Treats restrictions of the muscles, fascia and connective tissues, 

normalizing these important structural tissues.



Gentle manipulation of joints which relieve restriction and 

restore proper motion.


How can manual osteopathy help me and what kind of conditions does it treat?

By positively affecting and balancing the nervous system,

which is in close relationship with all of the other systems of the body, 

manual osteopathy can be very helpful in the resolution of many conditions.

In addition to techniques for the nervous system, 

there are many other tools that manual osteopaths 

use to work with the musculoskeletal system, 

as well as the visceral system.

The following is a limited list of conditions that may 

respond favourably to manual osteopathic treatment:


  • musculoskeletal complaints (ie. back , shoulder, arm, hip, leg pain and jaw pain/dysfunction)

  • concussions

  • Anxiety and depression

  • Fatigue

  • Symptoms from falls or accidents (ie. whiplash, feeling “out of sorts”)

  • Symptoms related to chronic conditions (ie. Shortness of breath due to asthma)



Is manual osteopathy compatible with other types of treatments, ie. massage therapy or acupuncture?


manual osteopathy can complement other 

therapeutic approaches like massage therapy 

and acupuncture very well.


What can I expect from an manual osteopathic session?

In your first session, 

you can expect to go over your health history with the 

manual osteopath as well as having a discussion about 

what your needs are. 

An assessment will be done, 

which includes observation of posture and tests to 

determine where treatment will be most indicated. 

With the remaining time, 

a treatment will be given. 

In subsequent appointments, 

there will be a quick assessment (in order to see what 

changes have occurred and again, to guide the process), 

and more time will be spent on treatment, 

which can take place with you sitting, lying face up, 

face down, or on your side.


What should I wear to a manual osteopathic session?


for the assessment (and possibly for the treatment)

shorts or loose/stretchy pants are worn, 

and if you are comfortable, 

a sports bra (for women) and no shirt (for men). 

Your comfort is very important however, 

so if you are not okay with disrobing, 

accommodations will be made. 

There is a blanket and heating pad handy so

you will not be chilled.

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